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The Great Chiropractic Debate: Harmful or Helpful?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Chiropractic care is a health care routine that gets a lot of attention, both good and bad. On one end of the spectrum, you have those who absolutely love receiving care and wouldn’t miss a visit. On the opposite end, you have those who are a bit hesitant about the safety and effectiveness of care. And of course, you have those who fall somewhere in the middle. It’s a neverending debate: Is chiropractic care more harmful or helpful? So what’s the truth? If you are curious about this popular way of taking care of your body and health, take a look at this quick and easy guide.

Let’s Talk About the Dangers

Many people think that chiropractic care comes with too much risk. But does it really? Or are these claims exaggerated? While there is some risk to getting care -- as there is with any medical treatment or intervention -- the risk is incredibly small. According to the American Chiropractic Association, the risk of injury from neck manipulation is only one in several million. In the bigger picture, this is an incredibly small risk, even smaller than many other more mainstream procedures. Chiropractic care is generally considered safe, and the benefits usually far outweigh any potential risk.

Let’s Talk About the Benefits

So if the benefits outweigh the risks, what exactly are these benefits? Any person who receives regular care may experience a wide range of positive results. The most common include pain relief, an improvement in flexibility, and a reduction in the frequency and severity of headaches. Other possible benefits might include a stronger immune system, a more efficient digestive system, enhanced mental focus, and a reduction in joint pain. The benefits may show up immediately, or they may take a while to develop over time. Either way, most people enjoy at least one (though most people enjoy multiple) of these benefits with regular care.

Should Care Be Added to the Routine?

So should you join in on this health care craze? Obviously, it’s up to the individual. But research suggests that chiropractic care is more helpful than harmful. If you have concerns, talk with your general practitioner or local chiropractor. But rest assured that getting care is usually a good idea, and one that can boost your health and make you feel stronger, more balanced, and better as a whole.

If you think that chiropractic care would be a good addition to your health care routine, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without the stress and hassle. Get on the right side of health and feel like your best in no time at all beginning with a quick stop at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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